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JARI plans program

Shelley Johansson, a communications specialist for Prime Design Solutions, will discuss social media in digital marketing from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the JARI Center, 160 Jari Drive. Johansson is responsible for content generation, writing and proofreading, and assists with strategy ...

Broken ride

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A veteran police dog recently came back to work in the Blair County’s sheriff’s office after completing several weeks of training with his new handler, Cpl. Justin Bennett. But now the dog is staying home because the vehicle he and Bennett use is broken down. “Rik ...

It’s a cakewalk

Zoe Binus, 5, of Altoona makes her way along Aldrich Avenue during trick-or-treat night Thursday costumed as a giant birthday cake. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

City to keep taxes level

City Manager Marla Marcinko on Wednesday proposed a 2019 budget to City Council that includes no property or earned income tax increases. But the budget projects a small operational surplus at the end 2019, in contrast to the big surpluses of recent years. The proposed budget of $31.4 ...

Mold found in Cambria courthouse

NANTY GLO — Mold was found growing in the basement of the Cambria County Courthouse, making it the latest in a number of regional institutions to succumb to the fungus. More than $20,000 will be spent on a fix, county commissioners decided Thursday. “There have been a lot of mold and ...

Coroner: Saxton-area fire deaths accidental

The Huntingdon County coroner has ruled that the couple killed in a fire in Dudley before dawn Saturday died of smoke inhalation, and that their deaths were accidental. Brandon Ritchey, 36, and Heather Heaton, 27, were found at the bedroom door of their small modular home on Broad Top ...

Electrical outage delays school day

An electrical outage affected 1,263 Penelec customers in areas of Duncansville and Hollidaysburg on Wednesday night through Thursday morning, said Scott Surgeoner, spokesman for First Energy Corp., parent company of Penelec. The outage necessitated a delayed start at Frankstown Elementary ...

Childers-Potts addresses commissioners at town hall event

IMLER — The Bedford County District Attorney’s office received a $1,500 grant to form a county criminal justice advisory board next year in an effort to assist inmates and help prevent them from reoffending. District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts said at Thursday’s town hall meeting, ...

Area briefs

National Take Back Initiative date set The Blair County Sheriff’s Office and Martinsburg Borough Police will participate in this year’s National Take Back Initiative for residents to drop off unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sheriff’s office site will ...

Woman accused of fraud, forgery

A Duncansville woman faces charges of acquiring controlled substances by fraud, forgery and deception. Christina Marie Podelco, 32, of 311 Fairmont Drive, reportedly stole $472 worth of prescription medications in August from Hillview Chateau nursing home residents where she worked. ...

Blight tops list at Logan meeting

An East End man on Thursday complained to the Logan Township supervisors about a property across from his own on East Second Avenue, alleging that the owner, a contractor who lives elsewhere, has used the house and yard for 20 years for storage, blighting the neighborhood and devaluing nearby ...

Everett man faces charges

An Everett man faces charges stemming from a June crash in Blair County. Jeremy Allen Hartman, 40, turned himself in at Tyrone District Court on Thursday for arraignment on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges that include possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and ...

Beccaria man waives hearing

CLEARFIELD — A Beccaria man, Samuel Jordan Bonsell, 28, who allegedly broke into a local school and stole a driver’s education vehicle, claims he was under the influence of methamphetamine and doesn’t remember the incident. Police were called to the Moshannon Valley High School in ...

Blair demos new voting machines

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A year from now, Blair County voters likely will be ready to cast ballots on new voting machines. Three voting systems, one certified by the state elections officials and two more expecting state certification soon, were publicly displayed and demonstrated Wednesday ...

Couple pledges support to Juniata music facility

An Altoona couple has made an estate plan to give $2 million to support a new music facility at Juniata College in Huntingdon where they met. Barry J. Halbritter, president of Midstate Tool & Supply Inc., and his wife, Marlene, are Juniata alumni who attended in the ’60s. “We were ...

City boy implores Senate to vote on sex abuse bill

Tommy Williams, 15, of Altoona, stood in front of a crowd on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. He was the youngest speaker by far at the rally Wednesday organized by Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm. About 80 people including survivors of sexual assault implored the ...

Area

Hollidaysburg Halloween parade scheduled Hollidaysburg’s Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company is scheduled to host its annual Halloween Parade on Saturday. The parade is to begin at 4 p.m. near the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School. Participants are to line up at 2 p.m. From the ...

Elevator situation sees more ups, downs

The complications continue in the saga of the malfunctioning elevator that runs between the Amtrak loading platform and the bridge over 10th Avenue that connects the platform with the Transportation Center. Last month, officials learned that the Altoona Redevelopment Authority, which manages ...

Animal abuse case will go to court

A felony charge against an Altoona man accused of beating his cat with a shoe will go to court. Najat D. Rowland, 22, of 331 22nd Ave., Apt. 213, didn’t speak at his preliminary hearing on Wednesday at Central Court, but he did address the court when his public defender requested lower bail ...

Dealer’s petition ruled untimely

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court ruled this week that a petition by a former Altoona man was untimely, and it rejected his request for a new trial. Derrick Dewight Dawson, 32, was sentenced in 2012 to 33 to 66 years in prison by Blair County President Judge Elizabeth Doyle. Dawson initially ...